Wates Residential’s regeneration of Gascoigne West in Barking includes the development of 200 new homes on the former 1960s estate.
Wates Residential was appointed by Be First in 2019 to regenerate the Gascoigne Estate in Barking. The new estate has been designed to accommodate a mixed tenure community with over 60% of the homes available for affordable rent and the remainder for use by Barking and Dagenham Council to add to its current housing stock. Plans include 89 one bedroom, 88 two bedroom and 24 three-bedroom homes.
The regeneration of the Gascoigne Estate will also include electric car charging points and over 360 new push-bike parking spaces. There will be a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions thanks to a connection to the forthcoming Barking Town Centre District Heating Network solar panels.
Wates Residential’s commitment to the borough includes recruiting a minimum of 20% local workforce, creating at least 20 new jobs for local people and addressing the construction industry skills shortage with a wider education programme that will run throughout local schools from year 6 upwards.
- During Wates’ 2019 Community and Conservation Week the Gascoigne West site team worked with its supply chain partners, Stratton & Hessler at the Gascoigne Children’s Centre to install new planters and give the play area a fresh lick of paint. In total, this activity created over £2,600 in Social Value.
- In 2020, the site team at Gascoigne West began monthly food collections for the local food bank, the Hope Family Trust. In addition to food donations, the site team has also donated recyclable desks and office chairs to the Trust to be used in its offices.
- In November 2020, Wates Residential donated 292 copies of ‘What Do Construction Workers Do?’ to Gascoigne Primary School pupils in Barking. The book, commissioned by Wates Residential, was developed in response to the idea that you ‘can’t be what you can’t see’. The book is intended to provide children with an insight into range of jobs available in the industry and uncover the skills it takes to build some of the most iconic buildings in the world.
- Jennie Ellis, Community Investment Manager and Chris Jones, Assistant Planner from Wates Residential teamed up with Be First to attend the Skills London conference between 15 -16 November 2019, alongside other contractors working on the development of Gascoigne Estate in Barking. Exhibiting alongside some of the UK’s top employers, colleges and training providers, Wates Residential provided a virtual reality (VR) headset for the two days loaded with a Building Information Modelling (BIM) walk-through of a construction site.
- The site team at the Gascoigne West site in Barking hosted two visits by the Construction Youth Trust in November 2019. In total this saw 12 students visit the site and get the chance to ask questions of industry professionals. Each visit included a presentation from Site Manager, Josh Daniels who spoke about the history of Wates and the construction programme to develop 201 new homes on the site, before giving a health and safety induction.